Food is not the only organic product consumers want in their home: many people also prefer to purchase and use organic cleaning materials. From soap to shampoo to dishwasher detergent, consumers are using organic cleaning detergents all throughout their homes. Organic often works just as well as traditional methods with the added bonus of being much safer and healthier for the person doing the cleaning. These products are also much better for the environment than traditional cleaners.
With all that in mind, many people wonder how they can organically clean their windows. Below are a few tips and suggestions:
Vinegar and water
The most common homemade window cleaner is very easy -- and cheap -- to make organically. Just mix equal parts water and organic distilled vinegar into a bottle, and spray! Many people have a hard time keeping streaks from occurring with this method, so it's best to use newspaper for wiping the windows. Lint free cotton cloths can work as well.
Vinegar and water works best for maintaining windows that are already relatively clean. For dirtier windows, you may find one of the following methods more effective in removing excess grime.
It doesn't get much simpler than lemon juice: simply spray the juice of an organic lemon on a window, and then wipe it away. The best way to do this is to first put the juice in a spray bottle, apply it to the window's surface, and then wipe it down with a soft cloth. Lemon juice has the benefit of not only being an organic window cleaner, but also leaving behind a fresh, citrus smell in your home. If you wash your windows regularly, you can save money by using a bottle of organic lemon juice instead of lemons themselves.
Club soda works the same as lemon juice, though without the fresh aroma. If you want an odorless alternative to citrus, just put club soda in a spray bottle and apply it the window surface. Like with vinegar, wiping the glass with a newspaper works better than with a paper towel.
Cornstarch (and vinegar and water)
If you want to go the vinegar and water route, but find that your windows are a little too dirty, you can add cornstarch to help remove large splotches of dirt. Because cornstarch is a natural thickener, you don't want to put it in a spray bottle. Simply add a little cornstarch -- three tablespoons per gallon of water -- into a bowl of water, mix, and then toss in a little vinegar. To wash, dip a cloth into this mixture and when you're done, wipe your window dry.
Store bought cleaner
In recent years, store bought organic cleaners have become popular. If you shop at a health food store, you should have no problem finding organic window cleaner. This will save you the hassle of dealing with ingredients, though it may cost a bit more.
With these simple tips, you should have no problem keeping your windows clean in a healthy and environmentally beneficial fashion.
This article was contributed by Billy Dunham, a home improvement expert who hopes to help you have an even better home. He writes this on behalf of Home Exterior Systems, your number one choice for all your window replacement needs! Check out their website at www.homeexteriorsystems.com/houston-window-replacement for more information!